The Fasig-Tipton November Sale has been a happy hunting ground for Kia-Ora Stud, and the Hunter Valley showpiece struck three times at the Kentucky Sale.
Kia-Ora had the final say on the beautifully related Fastnet Rock mare Star Devine (IRE) (Lot 188).
Consigned by Indian Creek, Star Devine (IRE) was purchased for $650,000.
A $200,000 gns purchase for agent Mike Ryan from the Marhill House consignment at the 2019 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Star Devine (IRE) raced exclusively in North America.
A stakes-winner at Saratoga and Aqueduct and Grade III-placed, Star Devine (IRE) is a sister to Poker Face, who closed out the season for Simon and Ed Crisford with a two-length win in the Group II Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp after wins in the Group III Prix Quincey at Deauville and a Listed race at Pontefract.
Star Devine’s dam Stars At Night (Galileo) is a winning half-sister to Blue Bunting (Dynaformer), winner of the Thousand Guineas, Irish Oaks, and Yorkshire Oaks.
Star At Nights unraced half-sister Monday Monday is the dam of the Karl Burke-trained 2-year-old filly, Darnation, a first crop daughter of Too Darn Hot (GB), who won the Group II May Hill Stakes at Doncaster and Group III Prestige Fillies’ Stakes at Goodwood.
Kia-Ora shelled out $1,500,000 for the Gasper Bloodstock consigned More Than Ready (USA) filly Bubble Rock (USA) (lot 215).
A 5-time winner of over $712,000, Bubble Rock won the Grade III Matron Stakes at Belmont at two, the Grade II Mrs Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs at three, and a Listed race at Saratoga at four.
Her dam Reef Point (Giant’s Causeway) is a daughter of Grade II Demoiselle Stakes winner Dixie City (Dixie Union) from the family of former shuttler Dehere (USA).
Kia-Ora was back in action, buying the talented Empire Maker filly Haughty (USA) for $850,000 (lot 260).
Consigned by Gainessway as agent, Haughty finished third in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at two and won the Grade II Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga at thee.
She is a half-sister to five winners headed by the stakes-winning War Front gelding Souper Colossal, out of the Kingmambo mare Soaring Emotions, a granddaughter of the French Oaks heroine Caerlina.
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